MOUNT VERNON — Under Chief Monroe’s plan to “clean up” personnel files kept in his office, most discipline handed down in 2017 would be completely removed from an officer’s records held by Mount Vernon Police Department by the end of 2023.
Those would include:
•Detective Timothy Arnold was given a verbal warning after causing an accident in a city vehicle at an auto repair shop.
•Sgt. Andrew Burns received a verbal warning after reporting an hour late for a mandatory webinar training session. He had also been reported tardy six months earlier. Burns received a third tardy three months later which resulted in a written warning.
•Two verbal warnings for Patrolman (Interdiction Officer) Jessica Butler. One warning was for losing a suspect’s cell phone. The second was for failing “to complete and file both summons and arrest notes with Mount Vernon Municipal Court.”
•After a series of tardiness, Patrolman Nicholas Holdren was issued a 15-day suspension without pay in December 2017. According to the disciplinary records, after Holdren’s performance as an officer was deemed “unsatisfactory,” he was ordered to serve “previous 2-day suspension from discipline issued in July 2016,” seek regular counseling for a minimum of six months and was given an additional 10-day suspension without pay, which was stayed as long as he followed through with professional counseling and had no further discipline for 18 months.
•Patrolman Joshua Kirby was issued a verbal warning after failing to testify in a Knox County Juvenile Court hearing.
•Detective Cpl. James DeChant was given a verbal warning after missing a BAC recertification. A second verbal warning was issued after DeChant caused an accident in a city vehicle.
•Patrolman Zachary Miller was given a written reprimand after backing a police cruiser out of a driveway and struck a mailbox.
•Sgt. Robert “Kit” Morgan was given a verbal warning for failing to turn in proper paperwork to municipal court that resulted in the dismissal of a traffic citation. Morgan was issued a second verbal warning three months later for using profanity when on a trespassing call where drugs were found.
“You better smarten the [expletive] up and quick. No more boo-hooing [explitive],” Morgan said to a young man on the bodycam video from that incident. “… You’ve got to get these people out of your life or they are going to [expletive] your life up.”
•Patrolman Brian Weiser was given a verbal warning for his conduct with a member of the public while in an off-duty capacity. According to police records, a city resident complained that Weiser was driving his personal vehicle too fast in a residential neighborhood. After learning of the complaint, Weiser confronted the complainant in a manner “which escalated into discourteous words expressed by Weiser.”
•A verbal warning was given to Cpl. Rex Young after he failed to attend a scheduled webinar training. A second verbal warning was issued after Young backed a police cruiser into a pole in a parking lot.
In cases of written or verbal warnings, each disciplinary document stated the warning “shall be removed from your personnel file after twelve (12) months.”